Firefighters battle blazes in Port Kennedy bushland | Photos

Bushfires have kept emergency services busy during the past couple of days in Port Kennedy, with multiple blazes igniting in the suburb 23 kilometres north of Mandurah.

Firefighters were called out to a blaze in bushland near Port Kennedy Drive and Bakewell Drive on Tuesday.

Emergency services on the ground were aided by aerial support as helicopter worked to distribute water across the fire front. 

The bushfire that was burning in the area has been extinguished and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) have since issued all clear advise for the area.  

While the danger has passed, DFES has reminded people to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

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The blaze on Tuesday came after a two seperate bushfires in the area during the weekend.

A fire that broke out about 2.20pm caused major concerns for firefighters battling the blaze, as it burnt approximately 24 hectares.

The first bushfire occurred in bushland near the corner of Millar Road and Wellard Road in Baldivis in an area to the side of the freeway.

The second fire occurred a short distance away along Wellard Road in an area approximately 500 metres south-east of the Bertram/Wellard roundabout.

The fire burnt approximately 0.5 hectares.

Both fires are being investigated by detectives from the Arson Squad’s Strike Force Vulcan who believe a man seen in the area at the time may be able to assist with their inquiries.

DFES also issued a statement warning drone users of the consequences of flying their aircraft during bushfires

The warning came after a drone was seen flying dangerously close to water bombers in the two separate bushfires over the weekend.

A drone was just metres from the rotors of a water bomber as it drew water from a lake at the Port Kennedy golf course on Sunday. 

According to the department onlookers crowded around the lake to watch the scene, along with the aerial firefighting crew, could have been killed if the drone and helicopter had made contact. 

The incident was reported to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) with drone pilots facing possible fines of up to $9000 for breaking CASA Regulations.  

Even a small drone colliding with or obstructing a bombing aircraft could have catastrophic results.

If you see someone operating a drone near a bushfire where aircraft is being used, report it to WA Police on 131 444.

For more information about how to fly your drone safely visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA)website.